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The Innovation Advisory Council for Wales advises us about innovation to help improve our economy and the wellbeing of the people of Wales.

The council is jointly chaired by Adam Price, senior programme manager for the innovation charity Nesta and Ian Menzies, Operations and Deputy Managing Director of Northrop Grumman UK. It consists of representatives from government, higher education and business to reflect the public and private sector perspectives.

What the council does

The council monitors progress on delivering the objectives of Innovation Wales. It advises us on emerging trends and developments, and identifies areas of existing strength and future opportunity using the ‘smart specialisation’ approach identified by the European Commission.

The council meets several times a year. Together with the Wales European Funding Office (WEFO) it has created a working group to provide advice on potential EU projects. This advice has already helped shape proposed projects to increase their impact.

The council’s focus

The council has identified 4 themes to focus on to enhance innovation in Wales. These are:

International Collaboration: trying to ensure Welsh organisations collaborate effectively  to improve Wales’ share of UK and European grant funding; and promoting Wales as a distinctive and connected innovation nation and a valued partner for collaborative projects.

Measures and brand: understanding the true state of innovation in Wales by developing better, real time measures of innovation and its impact.

Centres: aiming to increase RD&I in Wales through developing and supporting applied research centres; and helping Innovate UK to implement the Hauser Review by identifying business and research strengths in Wales for consideration as potential future Catapult Centres.

Public sector: working with the newly established Public Services Innovation Lab to identify opportunities to be more innovative in the delivery of public services, and providing innovative solutions from business.

The Council are developing business plans for the 4 themes and identifying key actions to take forward.

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Minutes - 15th May 2015 (File size: 59KB)
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Minutes - 30 January 2015 (File size: 32KB)
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Minutes - 31 October 2014 (File size: 14KB)